Not everyone likes to eat sardines and not everyone will like what you create
Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.
― Neil Gaiman
Yesterday I rearranged the furniture in the living room. I didn’t want to finish a project. I don’t want to learn anything from a glorious failure, I would rather leave it unfinished in the basement than risk failure.
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No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish line.
― Julien Smith, The Flinch
Finishing a project means that someone will see it. They might not like it. And it they don’t like what I create, that means that they don’t like me.
Wait a minute, Hodges! You know that is not true. You are not your writing, and you are not your painting. If someone doesn’t like what you create, it is not a reflection on who you are as a person.
But I want to create something that everyone likes.
You can’t do that. Not everybody likes the same things. What if God didn’t make broccoli because he only wanted to make food that everyone likes. What if God didn’t make peas because your son doesn’t like to eat peas. You love peas. And what if God didn’t make sardines? You love sardines.
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Good Point conscience in my brain. It doesn’t matter if everyone likes what I create because not everyone likes sardines.
That’s right Hodges. Go and eat your peas and sardines for breakfast and then go and finish your paintings. Have fun, be yourself, and create.
What about you? Do you think everyone has to like what you create?
Listen to my brain.
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Do you every worry about what people think? Do you hesitate to finish a project. Please tell me what you think in the comments. I really want to know. And I will always like you even if you don’t like sardines.
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.